Barclays Eagle Labs
Provides offices and co-working spaces alongside a mix of facilities, workshops and events with experts to help companies scale. Support includes mentors and wider connections through the Barclays network, enabling introductions to suppliers and buyers within the UK market.
Now running for more than two years, Barclays Eagle Labs aim to become skills factories for the UK. During 2017 Eagle Labs reached 65,000 individuals, including corporates, schools and businesses and more than 130 businesses attended an accelerator activity hosted or run by a Lab.
There are currently 18 Labs spread across the country, including sites in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, London, the South, the Midlands, the North, the East of England – with two venues within Cambridge – and the Channel Islands. The Notting Hill Lab is a partnership with the Law Society to support emerging Law and RegTech businesses develop new products. Member businesses have access to and licence to use the entire Lab Network.
Each Eagle Lab has:
- An in-house engineer with the role and capability to support businesses develop physical and digital prototypes;
- High-growth business managers who can provide scaling businesses with access to financing options; and,
- Local specialist partners such as the Judge Business School in Cambridge and Edinburgh’s CodeBase to build capability.
The aim is to have at least 22 UK Eagle Labs by the end of 2018 and there are plans to develop an international presence, to support scaleups access international markets, talent, supply chains and capital.
A significant element of the approach is to encourage collaborative innovation through peer-to-peer networking and to support this the Labs organise structured workshops on technology. By the end of 2018 Eagle Labs will have an online connector platform allowing easy and in-time access to all residents. The Labs also help develop the skills of the wider community providing skills sessions for young people and training in cyber security.
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